Take a deep breath. Breathe in deeply. Now, let that breath out slowly and as you do so, relax your shoulders.
We’ve been holding so much tension this week. Sometimes it seems like we forget to breathe and lower our shoulders away from our ears. It’s time... It’s time to breathe deeply, and to let go. It has been quite a week. On Wednesday, the day of Epiphany, we swam through a mishmash of cycling emotions: fear, sadness, anger, sorrow, fear, disgust… We sat, transfixed, watching the unfolding of something not seen since 1814, as the seat of the government of the United States was stormed and occupied. We saw things that were unimaginable in our nation. It was a lot to take in.
The poet and novelist, Rainer Maria Rilke, tells us that God “walks with us silently out of the night.” With God with us, we are encouraged to experience all that life brings to us – we are to embrace life to the limits. We are to embody God.
In that embodiment, we exemplify love. In these times, we can’t see what the road ahead will contain. We can know that God is with us for the journey. We know that we are to keep going, remaining open to whatever lies ahead. Love is speaking to us. God walks with us.
Reach out your heart. Reach out your hand, with Love.
Go to the Limits of Your Longing
God speaks to each of us as [God] makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.
--Rainer Maria Rilke (Translated by Joanna Macy)
May we all walk in peace and love,